Cross-border cooperation under the European Neighbourhood Instrument contributes to creating an area of “shared prosperity and good neighbourliness” between EU member states and their neighbours.

WHAT ARE THE ENI CBC PROGRAMMES?

Cross-border cooperation on the external borders of the European Union is a key priority both in the European Neighbourhood Policy and in the EU’s strategic partnership with Russia. ENI CBC builds on the achievements of its predecessor, the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI CBC).

ENPI CBC programmes have generated lots of interest among the actors in their eligible regions, which have submitted 7.000 applications, involving over 37.000 organisations and requesting 7 times more the funds available. This has lead to the approval of nearly 1.000 projects.


 OBJECTIVES OF THE ENI CBC PROGRAMMES

Building on these achievements, ENI CBC promotes cooperation under the following objectives:

  • To promote economic and social development in regions on both sides of common borders
  • To address common challenges in environment, public health, safety and security
  • For promotion of better conditions and modalities for ensuring the mobility of persons, goods and capital.

“The most interesting thing is to work with so many different countries and to see how, despite all difficulties and obstacles, you manage to find a solution and to take a step forward.

It is very rewarding to observe all the goodwill the participating countries invest into these programmes, and you really get a feeling that you contribute to something that will be useful in the regions where the projects will be carried out. We believe that this will indeed lead to some positive results for people in the border regions which are often very poor, and that is a big accomplishment in itself.”

Ms Bodil Persson, DG NEAR, European Commission

PROGRAMME STRATEGIES

Building on the main ENI CBC objectives, the strategy for each of the 16 programmes is built around up to 4 of the following themes:

  1. BUSINESS AND SME DEVELOPMENT
  2. SUPPORT TO EDUCATION, RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION
  3. PROMOTION OF LOCAL CULTURE AND PRESERVATION OF HISTORICAL HERITAGE
  4. PROMOTION OF SOCIAL INCLUSION AND FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY
  5. SUPPORT TO LOCAL AND REGIONAL GOOD GOVERNANCE
  6. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, AND CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION
  7. IMPROVEMENT OF ACCESSIBILITY TO THE REGIONS, DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE AND CLIMATE-PROOF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION NETWORKS AND SYSTEMS
  8. COMMON CHALLENGES IN THE FIELD OF SAFETY AND SECURITY
  9. PROMOTION OF AND COOPERATION ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY SECURITY
  10. PROMOTION OF BORDER MANAGEMENT, BORDER SECURITY AND MOBILITY
  11. OTHER AREAS LIKELY TO HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL CROSS-BORDER IMPACT

ENI CBC Programming Document

Check the programmes pages below to find out which themes are more prevalent in each cooperation area.

CBC Programmes

CBC Programmes

CBC Programmes

A total of 16 programmes will be implemented under ENI CBC. They cover 12 land borders, one sea crossing and three sea basins, stretching from Finland and Russia in the north, to countries like Hungary and the Ukraine in the east, and Italy, Northern Africa and the Middle East in the south.

Here you will find news and information on each programme, including the programme strategy and participating countries.

ENI CBC Stories

Find out more about the positive impact of ENI CBC projects on the lives of people living on both sides of the external border of the EU! From creating business opportunities and new jobs, to making our regions more sustainable and providing innovative and accessible social services on the external borders…there are many stories to tell!

ENI CBC Ambassadors

Discover what our CBC ambassadors have to say about working on the field!.

Anahit
Anahit Ghazanchyan

"Cross border cooperation has potential to “transform a border into a possibility for development"

Artur
Artur Nebunu

"CBC offers...the overcoming of prejudices and the animosity among people in border regions."

Diana
Diana Kobayter

"The Programme has increased our knowledge, shaped our perception and helped us engage more"

Mehmet
Mehmet Bozdogan

"The value of the ENPI CBC programme funded projects is being built by the people involved in them"

Menelaos
Menelaos Chatziapostolidis

"Cross border cooperation offers the opportunity to build teams in pursuit of joint solutions."

Ramaz
Ramaz Kvatadze

"A fruitful cooperation with partners from Armenia, Bulgaria and Greece working on IT"

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